East Auckland team, SLIC NZ from Pakuranga College was awarded Company of the Year at the YES National Awards evening held in Wellington last week. SLIC NZ produced playing cards with the intent to educate their customers and raise awareness of New Zealand Sign Language. SLIC NZ was made up of Harry Glover, Mason Szucs, Georgia Harvey, Ned Verrall, Riley Tibbits and Kara Levick, and were supported by their teacher David Dunlop.
SLIC NZ was among five teams from across Auckland who were chosen to fly down to Wellington and compete against 16 other teams from across New Zealand. On the 10th of December, each team presented a 5-minute pitch in front of 6 judges before attending the National Awards Gala Dinner in the evening. The other Auckland teams that pitched were Reused Shoes for You from Birkenhead College, Youandi Eyewear from St Cuthbert’s College, Ika Art from Henderson High School and Artist Inspired from Manurewa High School.
The National Awards celebrate the end of a year of work for the high school students. Throughout the year the teenagers participating in the scheme have formed teams, come up with a product idea, and taken the idea to market whilst keeping up with other school commitments. YES allows the students to experience the start-up world first hand.
Along with taking out Company of the Year, SLIC NZ also won a National Excellence Award which celebrates success in a particular area. Another Auckland team, CloudMass from Glendowie College won the Gallagher Award from Smart Technology with their tracking solution for dementia patients.
The Auckland Business Chamber is the Young Enterprise Scheme delivery partner for the Auckland region because we recognise the importance of supporting young entrepreneurs as the business leaders of the future.
SLIC NZ team at the Auckland Regional Finals where they got selected to head to the National Finals.
For more information contact
Madi Barnett, Young Enterprise Regional Co-ordinator, Auckland Business Chamber.